December 31, 2009 Subject:
Name Unknown dated
Girls were more naive when this film was made.It probably served a purpose then, but now it is dated.
May 28, 2005 Subject:
Go ahead, Laugh!
Judge Mckesson, the amazing star of 'The Terrible Truth' is back at it again in the highly strange 'Name Unknown' where he explores cases of loose teenage women! In all of these, their fates are quite obvious, based on the scum they choose to pick up rides with. (If only their friends would have gotten the license plate!!) Again, Mckesson talks onscreen differently then the narration, which is highly strange. And the best moment of the film comes when you think Mckesson is surprising a couple making out in a car, then he draws a gun! (you then realize it's NOT him LOL) Reccomended!
September 29, 2004 Subject:
Don't do ANYTHING and you won't get into trouble
A rather disturbing cautionary tale of what happens to girls who break what are considered the rules. What's most disturbing about the film is that the man who needs a babysitter and the two guys who pick up the girls are seen as very nice, friendly, and safe. I would assume that back in the early fifties, there wasn't the natural wariness that we have had instilled in us today. How were these girls supposed to know they were going to be vicitimized? Basically, the film is telling us to stay home and stay safe.
The lovely Phyllis from "The Terrible Truth" is back as the parking girl, apparently wearing the same outfit and scarf (YES!!!) as in her earlier film. I wonder if these films were shot on the same day...
This classroom scare film is sort of like One a Minute for teenagers, especially teenage girls. Girls who do foolish things like park in cars with boys on lonely roads, get picked up by strangers, or run ads in the paper for babysitting jobs become grim statistics. Little sympathy is shown for these kidnapping, rape, and murder victimsÂÂthey're just portrayed as idiots who deserve what they get. There's a thinly-veiled undercurrent of sexual judegmentalism hereÂÂwe get the feeling that what's really going on is that girls with loose morals are getting their well-deserved punishments. Appalling and campy.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.